The Future of Apis Melifera
The piece deals with the issues of bee decline and in particular the alarming Colony Collapse Disorder. The visual language was inspired by the metaphor of ‘a food chain’ as well as elements of traditional jewellery links and connections. Drawing on traditionally perceived values of precious metals used as jewellery materials, gold was compared to honey. The edible sculpture was exhibited on a museums plinth, which, at the same time, was decorated as a tombstone with gold lettering of all produce that bees pollinate. Amidst the 3-D printed piece, a precious metal box was nestled, containing small vials filled with some of the most delicious honeys from around the world - to be kept a s vertu for a future in which bees not longer exist. The work aimed to communicate that honey is not merely honey, but ‘pollination’ that is responsible for more than half of our food supplies.
The work aimed to communicate that honey is not merely honey, but ‘pollination’ that is responsible for more than half of our food supplies.